The way the Second Amendment is enforced endangers the country by putting very few limits on gun sales. It would behoove America to do away with it, asserts John Paul Stevens in The New York Times. Too often it is used to prevent meaningful gun reform that could save lives while still respecting individual liberties. In the past, the Second Amendment was enforced, while still limiting what guns citizens could access. Sawn-off shotguns were forbidden, for example. The current gridlock in properly regulating weapons of war would be solved by ending this Amendment.
Calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment is excessive and prevents much-needed gun reform by embattling gun rights activists, holds Matthew Yglesias of Vox. The idea that liberals want to revoke a law that many see as fundamental to the Constitution has created huge resistance to even small changes. The Supreme Court has liberties to adjust gun laws. It just hasn’t wanted to, so far. With two additional progressive justices that could happen. Simply put, there are far easier and more effective ways of making the country safer from guns that outright banning the Second Amendment.